January 23 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 4,029 new cases, 42 deaths

Posted at 9:46 AM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 16:46:37-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,028 new COVID-19 cases and 42 new deaths Saturday.

This brings the state's total case count to 705,876. Today's percent positive rate is 11.42%.

So far 8,819 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.

There are currently 2,264 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The state also reported 5,139 new recoveries in the last 24 hours.

Tenn. cases 1/23

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 496 new cases of COVID-19. One new death was also reported.

The new cases bring Davidson County's total number to 82,057. There are 5,060 active cases and 76,443 are now considered either inactive or recovered.

One new confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 91-year-old woman with underlying health conditions. One new probably death was also reported, a 100-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 522 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 554 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 63.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 13.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 6 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 908 calls on Friday, January 22, 2020.

Total number of cases: 82,057
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 496

Cases by sex
Male: 38,823
Female: 42,489
Unknown: 745

Cases by age

Total active cases5,060


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.